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EU sanctions against Belarus extended

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On 29 October 2013, the Council of the European Union made a following statement:

Following an annual review, the Council today extended EU restrictive measures against Belarus until 31 October 2014. This is because not all political prisoners have been released, no released prisoner has been rehabilitated, and the respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles has not improved in Belarus.

The EU maintains its policy of critical engagement with Belarus, intended to promote respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles in that country.

The annual review updated the list of those targeted with a travel ban and freeze of their assets within the EU. 232 persons and 25 entities remain subject to EU sanctions.

The legal acts have been adopted by written...

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EU suspends visa ban on Belarusian Foreign Minister Makey

On Monday 24, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on Monday suspended the EU’s entry ban against Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uladzimir Makey,  in order to facilitate diplomatic contacts between the EU and Belarus.

Nevertheless, Mr. Makey was not removed from a list of citizens of Belarus subject to asset freezes within the EU.

As Foreign Affairs Council says in its statement :

” In order to facilitate diplomatic contacts between the EU and Belarus, the Council today suspended the EU travel ban on Vladimir Makey, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Makey will remain on the list of persons subject to EU restrictive measures, but the vis a ban will not be applied to him.
This decision does not reflect any change in the EU’s policy towards Belarus...
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Council of the European Union strengthens sanctions against Belarusian state representatives

December 16, 2011 – The Council of the European Union has extended sanctions in response to crackdown on opposition and civil society. The EU Council press service made a following statement:

In view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus, the Council today reinforced the EU’s restrictive measures on those responsible for the continuing repression of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media in Belarus.

The Council added two persons involved in the trial of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a ban from entering the EU.

This brings the number of persons targeted to 210...

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